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Women's role in Elizabethan times
Transcript of Women's role in Elizabethan times
Elizabethan women would have had to learn house duties at home they didn't went to school and they were prepared for the only career option they had...MARRIAGE!
Women were believed to be inferior to men
Women were totally dominated by male members of the family
They were expected to obey the father, brother, uncle, and any other male member of the family.
The punishment for disobedience was a beating. It was seen as sin to disobey the male member of the family.
Women's work was low-skilled, low-status, and poorly paid. Such as slaves, beggars and street vendors (Thomson #26)
They had limitations on their ability to gain education, voice an opinion, make decisions, earn a living, exert political power, and participate in cultural life (Thomson #13)
They couldn't own property or run a business, and they couldn't choose their own husband.
Lower class girls worked as servants for 5 to 10 years before marrying. The only choice for lower class girls who didn't married was domestic service. Women in the middle and upper classes the only choice other than to marry was to enter a religious convent (Thomson #15)
Elizabethan women had to give a dowry to the marriage. A dowry was an amount of money, goods, and property that the bride would bring to the marriage. Women were expected to run the households and provide children.
Women worked hard, bore and raised children,
provided medical care and produced works of art (P.12)
Women's responsibilities didn't end in housekeeping, they also
had to educate their children and servants. (P.14)
Women could join monasteries and become nuns. The church taught that women distracted men from religion so they were forbidden to preach, serve as priests. they had to stay in the convent at all times (Thomson #57)
Single Elizabethan women were sometimes looked upon with suspicion. It was often the single women who were thought to be WITCHES. All Elizabethan women would be expected to marry, and would be dependent on her male relatives throughout her life.
Men had the idea that there were witches who flew through the air to gatherings in the night where they rejected Jesus and promised to serve the devil. They were said to cause storms, damage crops, harm livestock, ruin wine, kill babies etc…The accused were almost always tortured until confessed. Condemned witches were executed and their bodies were often burned at the stake (Thomson #66)
Witch hunts were carried on by government or religious officials. Suspected witches were poor, single and uneducated women over the age of 40 .
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